CA Technologies supports ERwin Modeling Tool using Cloud Database {1}

by Davina V
CA Technologies, in an effort to make data integration easier for businesses resting in “on- premise and cloud systems”, has added support for Mricosoft’s SQL Azure cloud database to its CA ERwin data modeling tools. Sadly the author lowers the quality of the article by advertising the new ERwin 8.2 slightly in the article. This article also mentions the potential growth of the use of cloud databases in businesses by quoting Donna Burbank. The quote said that “about 10 to  15 percent of businesses are using cloud databases to day, about 75 percent are interesting in their potential use” (Whiting, 1012). read more...

Cloud Computing Keeps Growing {2}

by Daniel M
The article i read was about how Cisco is saying that cloud computing traffic accounts for about 11% of all data center traffic. The article says that by the year 2015 Cloud computing will account for roughly 34% of all data traffic. Last year alone cloud based data exchanges clocked in 130 exabytes, which is approximately 139,586,437,120 gigabytes. Cisco has predicted that cloud computing will grow 66% annually. This would mean that by 2015 cloud services would see 1.6 Zettabytes each month. To put this into perspective, Cisco said that 1.6 Zettabytes is equivalent to 22 trillion hours of music, or 1.6 trillion hours of online HD video streaming. read more...

Which Database Is Best for You? {3}

by Polun L
The article talks about the pros and cons of the various relational database management system products and solutions. It mentions that there are different types of database management systems which are Desktop, Server, Web-enabled, Cloud DBaaS and Open Source. The most economic one is Desktop because it is low cost and suitability for single-users or non-interactive Web application batch processes. Also, a user can easily manage a desktop database by using Microsoft Access, FileMaker Pro, and Lotus Approach. Next, Server Database is good for heavy workload such as webhosting company, and ecommerce site…etc. The advantages of running server database are that it delivers hundred of millions data in a fast speed performance, and it allows an administrator to manage data easily with business intelligence tools. However, each server requires various types of licenses depending on the software a business uses in the server. For instance, a webhosting company may need to spend a lot of money on buying licenses because the company runs more than one server at least. The third type of database is Open Source Database. Basically, open source software/database means that it is free to everyone to install its database on a user’s computer. This disadvantage is that it does not have full support to solve an issue immediately when the software encounter any errors or bugs. Last, Cloud Service consists of one or more databases that are hosted by a third party. Its advantages are that it efficiently stores, backups, collects data from the end user to its database. Then, the database sends out information back to the user immediately whenever a request is made. It is very popular and widely used nowadays because it contains accurate abundant resources and allows users to access its own data anytime. read more...

Database Efficiency {1}

by Mike Y

           Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular. Platforms as a service (PaaS) can rent resources from infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to have level of service required without investing too much or too little. The article concentrates on multitenant databases where a service will try to reduce costs by grouping tenants. This can be achieved by using SmartSLA to efficiently manage data. The research team evaluates SmartSLA by comparing it to the TPC-W benchmark. The tests show that SmartSLA “can provide intelligent service differentiation according to factors such as variable workloads, SLA (service level agreement) levels, resource costs, and deliver improved profit margins.”            Databases must be managed with limited resources to keep costs low while keeping services fast all while maintaining the integrity of the data. This is important today because an increasing amount of information is stored online. Instead of keeping photos locally, many people will upload it to sites such as Facebook or Flickr where it can be shared and accessed from anywhere. If the data is not managed efficiently, the photos can be lost or inaccessible and will lead to an unprofitable business (and enraged customers). In a world where a site can have millions of connections a day, even the slightest increase in efficiency will quickly add up.            There are services that rely on cloud computing such as Google’s services (calendar, documents, photos etc.), Google’s Cr-48 laptop, and OnLive gaming service. As cloud computing increases, so will the amount of data that will have to be transferred. I believe intermittent or slow connectivity and data loss will be eventually be completely unacceptable as technology advances and its use becomes more widespread. In addition to being fast and reliable, databases must also be secure so that private information is not compromised. Another important factor to consider is if the system will scale well with an increasing amount of users. Source: Xiong, P. (2011). Performance prediction for concurrent database workloads. Intelligent Management of Virtualized Resources for Database Systems in Cloud Environment, 11(16), 87-98. doi: 10.1109/ICDE.2011.5767928

Worries of Cloud Computing {4}

by Cole O’C
This CNN Money/Tech Fortune article discusses several issues currently present with cloud computing, including cloud outages, security issues, server issues, and general confusion. After Amazon’s cloud outages, which affected both small companies and corporate giants, this monstrously powerful technology has come under more scrutiny. The article argues that, even with outages, cloud computing is still a far safer and more efficient method for most companies. It states that the visibility of cloud outages due to so many companies being affected is a somewhat unpleasant advantage, as an internal IT service could fail without anyone noticing for quite some time. The next topic discussed is cloud security and server separation, mainly focusing on how security issues of one company may affect the others. It uses an example of how Dropbox, a file-syncing startup company, had a programming glitch which enabled users to access accounts without inputting the correct password. While this would be quite disastrous even without cloud computing, it becomes more of a concern when an unsecure server is physically connected to other virtual machines running on the cloud that would be otherwise safe. Lastly, the article mentions the confusing nature of cloud computing, and how the majority of people (stated as 78% according to NPD Group) do not actually understand the concept of cloud computing, while an almost equally-sized majority (76%) uses cloud-based services, such as Hulu and Gmail. read more...

Deployment of Oracle into AWS {Comments Off on Deployment of Oracle into AWS}

by Joey L
Amazon is deploying Oracle databases into its AWS service.  Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a platform of remote computing services in the cloud.  Amazon Web Services provide online services for web applications by offering cloud computing.  The benefit of cloud computing is the ability to minimize capital spending.   Now with the Oracle database, clients can rent database with a “pay-as-you-go” pricing with no up-front fees for long term conditions.  With Amazon’s AWS service, clients are no longer physically restricted by their hardware/software.  The massive global cloud infrastructure of the service allows clients to quickly innovate and launch ideas as well as deploy applications on demand. read more...

Amazon Web Services {Comments Off on Amazon Web Services}

by Asbed P
Amazon Web Services, which is the part of that does the hosting and the cloud services, has announced the launch of a new server in the US West Region, in Oregon, with a new low price.  Starting Wednesday November 23, 2011, people can choose to locate their Amazon Web Services resources in the Oregon Region, which contains “multiple redundant Availability Zones for architecturing highly available applications” much like all their other AWS Regions.  Oregon will be the second US West location, the first being the Northern California servers, that will provide businesses a low cost, low latency option for everyone.  Amazon’s plan is to continuously lower its own costs so that they can end up passing those savings onto their customers in the form of these lower priced US West Region servers.  “Since the launch of AWS over five years ago, we’ve lowered our prices over a dozen times,” is a quote from Senior Vice President Andy Jassy showing the type of attitude they have about lowering prices for everyone.  US West Oregon is the fourth Region in the US and the seventh total AWS infrastructure Region in world.  It is also priced at about 10 percent lower than the US West N California Region and has the same price as the US East N Virginia Region. read more...

Google Music {Comments Off on Google Music}

by Joey L
On Wednesday, November 16, Google officially announced Google Music to the public.  Google Music is a music service that let users store up to 20,000 songs on the cloud for free and stream listen to them on the go.   Android users can stream music on their devices as well as purchase and download tracks from Android Market without the hassle of wires or syncing.   The store will provide a 90 second preview of the all the songs in Google’s database.  Google Music can also be integrated into its social network, Google+, where users can share their favorite tracks either publicly or with select groups of friends through the Circles feature.  Songs that are shared will be allowed to play the song entirely on the receiver’s account once.   Google has locked down deals with over 1,000 music labels, which includes Sony, EMI, and Universal.  Currently, users are able to download over 8 million tracks on Google’s expanding library of songs.  Google promised that their library would soon expand to about 13 million tracks. read more...

It’s Getting Cloudy These Days {1}

by Daniel L
The majority of businesses out there have migrated over to the cloud, but some are still thinking about making the switch.  When we talk about cloud computing, there are three options currently available – the private cloud, the public cloud, and the hybrid cloud.  Businesses are still trying to figure out which works best for them, but it all usually depends on the applications they want to move to the cloud along with the integration and compatibility with enterprise functions.  Some businesses have to comply with strict regulations, which also plays a major role on which type of cloud computing a business decides to use.  A business belonging to the pharmaceutical industry is a good example of when a private cloud would be used.  These businesses have very important applications and data, so they have to rely on their own private cloud, one that they would set up themselves with their own storage and servers, while maintaining integrity and abiding with regulations.  Then there are businesses out there that need to quickly get their services up and running, with fewer imposed regulations, that don’t need to worry too much about the integration of their data.  These are the businesses that should look into public clouds like Amazon Web Services, where they can sign up and start using services right away.  At the end of the day, most businesses will be opting for a hybrid cloud setup, regardless of regulatory requirements.  A hybrid cloud offers the best of both public and private cloud worlds. read more...

Salesforce CRM Upstart {Comments Off on Salesforce CRM Upstart}

by Joe C

Salesforce is a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system that helps companies manage their customer database using their online software. Around ten years ago, Marc Benioff left a top position at Oracle to pursue his launch of Salesforce, and has then created a service that accumulates revenues of up to $1.4 billion a year. This service focused on providing sales departments with easy and efficient ways on tracking sales history, how to reach customers, etc. Benioff is also quickly trying to migrate the world into the cloud platform, in which data will no longer be stored in the company’s own physical servers but will instead be stored on a “cloud,” which is online storage. He announces that “In ten years, I want us to be the largest and most important enterprise cloud computing company.” read more...